Archive for the ‘Weird NJ’ Category

A Cop’s Affinity For Cows

April 25, 2008

A Burlington County, N.J. police officer has been charged with animal cruelty. Robert Melia Jr., 38 was allegedly having sexual relations with cows from June through December of 2006. From 2003 to 2006 he had been sexually assaulting 3 young girls.

Sigh.  Moorestown, NJ was recently voted the best place in America.  Indeed, South Jersey is a different kind of place.  Check out the picture of this guy…not trying to stereotype, but…

The Perp.

He sure fits the part of what a redneck is.

Well, the press finally released photos of the victim:

The victim

Poor cow.  Hopefully she’ll move beyond this horrible incident and produce more of that wonderful milk we all like to drink.


Broken Clutch…Unearthed the Stump

March 31, 2008

This weekend was uneventful until the clutch died on my 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT. The clutch had been slipping for a few months, so we decided to stop driving it until we could afford the repairs. Because I was scheduled for parking lot duty at church, I needed to drive the car to let my wife and daughter sleep in.

The clutch sounded the worst it had ever been, but it made it to and fro church. I was to meet my wife at Home Depot so we could purchase some fence posts, so I turned back on the road. On the ramp to 80 west, my clutch got stuck trying to go from 1st into 2nd. I pulled to the side of the ramp and turned the hazard lights on and turned off the car. What a bad feeling. I was able to get the car started, but couldn’t engage into 1st. It then got to the point where I couldn’t apply pressure on the pedal because the pedal became hard as a rock.

So, I figured I would just back it down the ramp. Amidst my distraction of watching out for traffic, I landed on the guard rail. Thankfully, no damage. I gave up and put the emergency brake in place and walked the half mile to my house. Both cell phones were missing, (we don’t have a land line yet), so I walked next door to my neighbors house.

The neighbors were kind enough to allow me to use their phone to make some phone calls and while on phone, he mentioned that he could probably just pull the car with his tow cable and truck. Sounded good to me. We headed over the the ramp, and decided that we should first roll the car down the ramp and back onto 46.

While I was rolling my car down the hill, a guy stopped right behind me and told us in so many words that what we were doing was illegal and that we should get a tow truck. I told the guy no thanks (and it turned out he owned a wrecking company).

Once back down the ramp, we were getting set to hook the cables up when two black and whites showed up. These cops weren’t the brightest, but obviously I was going to have to get a tow truck now. So, they called their buddy who tows (and I’m sure they got some of my money lined in their pocket). The tow for .5 of a mile cost me 85 bucks. Shoot.

Because of this, I was in the mood to injure something. So, the family piled up into the other car and headed out to our local Ace Hardware. I bought a 3′ ax, a post hole digger, some metal fence posts (for the garden, not the yard), and a metal rake. There is a stump in the yard that is calling my name.

The stump was an evergreen last year that was ugly, and in the wrong spot. The same neighbor came over with his chainsaw and destroyed the thing. So, last Sunday I began to dig around the perimeter of the stump and using my spade, hack at some of the roots. I found that this tree was deeply rooted. So, the ax was useful. After about 1.5 hours, I finally got the stupid stump out. Buried a pile of leaves where it once stood, and leveled off the dirt.

Ah, nice satisfying manual labor. Nothing else makes a man feel as good (well…).

I have a second stump that has a date with my ax and shovel next weekend.

UPDATE: My neighbor on the other side heard about my dead car, and offered his assistance when the time comes to replace the clutch. He’s a full-time truck mechanic, and has all the required tools. God is great!

Saint Patrick Day Parade Pictures

March 17, 2008

I took the family to the Morris County St. Patrick Days Parade on Saturday. This being Kirsten’s first St. Pattys day parade, I took some pictures with my 1 mp Q camera. We left the other camera at home, unfortunately, so the photos are not the best.

This is a view of the luxury apartments out on the horizon. You can see for miles from up there. Great night view of the city:

Gearing up for the parade:

Men in Kilts. Not gay when playing a bagpipe:

My daughter is having a great time. Looking up Washington Street towards the green:

She probably sees a dog here:

The place was packed, all the bars were lined up around the block:

The parade is the largest in New Jersey. I am only half Irish, but that was probably more then the majority of people there. Funny thing, St. Pattys day is. You see people from India dressing up in all green.

I should have taken a picture of the huge black guy with the shirt that read: I’m not fat, I’m just fluffy.

We had a great time, ate a sub down at Long John’s Sandwich Shop. The bar next door had a sewage back up. This is why I chose not to hit any of the bars. Hope everyone else is enjoying St. Patrick’s Day.

68 Degrees Today

February 18, 2008

I enjoyed the warm weather today.  68 Degrees in North Jersey.  Tomorrow it looks like it is going to dip down into the 40s. 

Soon spring will be here.  I can’t wait.